After much contemplation these last weeks over the recent events and allegations of unethical and irresponsible behavior by John Friend, I realize it is time for me to end my professional ties and affiliation with Anusara, Inc. Being an Anusara Yoga Teacher has been such a joy and inspiration over these many years. I am honored and grateful for the amazing journey that we have shared together so far, and I look forward to continuing on in many new and different forms.
I will remain a Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher, that will not change, it is a credential that I have earned. I will continue to offer the same high quality education (workshops/immersions, teacher trainings and more). I will fulfill all my scheduled commitments to the many students all over the world still interested in learning these wonderful and inspiring teachings through the end 2012 (or until the end of the scheduled training). All hours of study will continue to count towards Anusara credit hours and additionally towards Yoga Alliance at the 200 or 500 hour level as well.
The teachings that inform Anusara yoga arose over centuries, through much argument and experimentation. They have stood the test of time and endured because of their efficacy. They have been passed on from person to person, generation to generation, over time. No one person (or organization for that matter) could ever lay claim to them. They belong to the community of fantastic hearts who continue to hold these teachings and share them. That is the whole idea, as I understand it. These teachings were never mine or yours or John Friend's or Anusara's. These great teachings live on in the kula even as we continue to grow and evolve them.
I stand here humbly with you and before you today in remembrance that no matter what name or brand we may organize ourselves under, these teachings belong to us all!
I remain deeply grateful to John Friend for the fantastic teacher that he has been and for his support through the years. I humbly bow to you my fellow members of this community of the heart in deep respect and gratitude for the life you have given me. It is because of each one of you that I am able to do what I do, and feel inspired and encouraged to continue further.
Even during these tumultuous and difficult times, I am motivated and excited at the many fantastic opportunities going forward. I will continue to offer all the amazing teachings and lessons learnt from the many great teachers I have been honored to study with. I am also excited to "break on through to the other side" and share some new and different courses and ideas over the coming years that will continue to inspire all of us to live a more virtuous and empowered life.
With deep respect and gratitude